Flashback Photos: Burt Reynolds on “Deliverance” set in north Georgia

A buff Burt Reynolds on the north Georgia set of “Deliverance” on June 15, 1971. AJC archive photos: Kenneth Rogers

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was among the notables attending a recent screening of locally filmed “Captain America: Civil War” to tout the state’s booming film industry – but moviemaking in Georgia isn’t entirely new.

One of the earlier high-profile projects to film here was the harrowing 1972 film “Deliverance.” 

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from AJC archives.

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A buff Burt Reynolds on the north Georgia set of "Deliverance" on June 15, 1971. AJC archive photos: Kenneth Rogers

A buff Burt Reynolds on the north Georgia set of “Deliverance” on June 15, 1971. AJC archive photos: Kenneth Rogers


Setting up for a shot on the Chatooga River.

Setting up for a shot on the Chattooga River.


Do you hear banjos?

Do you hear banjos?


Bill McKinney, who played the "Mountain Man," gets ready for a scene in "Deliverance."

Bill McKinney, who played the “Mountain Man,” gets ready for a scene in “Deliverance.”


The movie was released in 1972.

The movie was released in 1972.

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Neal Mckeown
Neal Mckeown

How about the Cannonball Run that was filmed at the Cannonball in off of Glenwood Road? For gods sake Farrah Fawcett and a few 5 star celebrities were at that hotel and around the ATL

FishwrapperLover
FishwrapperLover

A bunch of us Ga. State Univ. students used to go run the Chattooga BEFORE ..and after Deliverance but the movie made it insanely popular.  Our 2 fav buffet restaurants after 8 hrs on the water were the nearby Dillard House & the Clayton Inn.

Louise Coldren, hostess @ the Clayton Inn, was the big-hearted lady serving them a meal at the end of the movie & she had a pic of Burt hugging her at the front desk for years afterward & also a pic of Dinah Shore (his "girlfriend" at the time).

There was a cliff shown in the movie that was re-named Deliverance Rock after the movie even tho THE cliff was in Tallulah Gorge.

Enthusiasam for canoeing the Chattooga helped lead to 7 drownings w/i a few yrs after the movie & the Park Svc stepped in with some tougher regs.

Even tho tech. advisor Claude Terry was listed as 1st to go down Sec. 4, our N. Ga. boys camp actually did it in the mid-50's, destroying all canoes in the process.

Our GSU group had heard about the movie but none of us had been yet when we stopped in a gas stn near Clayton & asked the attendant what HE thought of the movie.

He said, "The pictures of the river were beautiful...but the rest of the movie was just trash... just plain trash".